School bus 'attack' thwarted as Palestinian is shot dead after allegedly stabbing Israeli man
Published 22/10/2015 | 18:05
Two Palestinians were shot after they stabbed a man at a bus stop moments before they tried to board a school bus in Israel.
The incident happened in the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh on Thursday morning, police reported.
The attackers attempted to board the bus but were stopped by the locals who questioned why they were trying to travel on a school bus.
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Identified as Mahmoud Ghanimat and Makdad Heeh, both 20-years -old from the West Bank village of Tzurif, the pair instead attacked an Israeli man waiting at the bus stop before being shot by security forces.
Both were critically wounded and one died on the way to a Jerusalem hospital.
A subsequent search of their bodies revealed they wore shirts bearing the insignia of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, police said.
Speaking in a rally in South Africa on Wednesday, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal pledged that “the Jerusalem intifada” will go on.
“The uprisings shall continue until freedom is achieved and the land is for Palestine and its people,” Mr Mashal said.
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Nine Israelis have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and vehicle attacks since the start of October. Forty-nine Palestinians, including 25 assailants, among them children, have been killed in attacks and during anti-Israeli protests.
On Wednesday evening, four Israelis were arrested for the mob attack of an innocent Eritrean asylum seeker who was fatally shot after he was mistaken for an attacker during a shooting at a bus station.
Haptom Zerhom (29) was mistakenly shot by a security guard the wake of a attack by an Israeli bedouin who wounded 11 people after he killed an IDF soldier and took his weapon.
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Graphic video footage shows people kicking Mr Zerhom and throwing a chair at his head as he lay on the ground in a pool of blood after being shot eight times.
The 29-year-old died in hospital hours later.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the actions of the mob, saying that "no one should take the law into their own hands".
Earlier this week, Mr Netanyahu sparked widespread outrage when he claimed at an Palestinian leader had convince Germany leader Adolf Hitler to undertake the ‘Final Solution’ – the mass killing of more than six million Jews during World War 2.